OIG Investigative Reports, El Paso Independent School District Trustee Indicted Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Texas Johnny Sutton, U.S. Attorney FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2008 Shana Jones, Special Assistant Daryl Fields, Public Information Officer (210) 384-7440 El Paso Independent School District Trustee Indicted United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced today that Salvador Marcos Mena, Jr., aka Sal Mena, was charged in an eight count indictment on August 14, 2008 on charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, deprivation of right to honest services and making false statements to obtain credit. He was arrested today by the FBI in west El Paso. According to the indictment, the defendant, during the time he was an elected Trustee of the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), conspired with others to devise a scheme to defraud the EPISD and the citizens of El Paso living in the EPISD, of the right to his honest services performed in his capacity as an elected EPISD Trustee, in the affairs of the EPISD. It further alleges that the defendant set up a sham consulting contract with a vendor whereby he received income, but provided no consulting services. Additionally, in exchange for his vote, support and influence for vendors, he instructed vendors seeking to do business with EPISD to make contributions to his election and re-election campaigns. The Indictment also alleges Mena accepted cash bribes in exchange for his vote and official influence. In January and February 2006, the defendant, made material false statements to a financial institution to obtain a loan, which purported to be a home improvement loan for the remodeling of the residence of a family member. The defendant knew the money was not intended for that purpose, in violation of federal law. “ The El Paso division of the FBI has diligently worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office on this indictment. The FBI will continue to aggressively pursue all logical avenues of investigation in the overall case and we will seek similar charges against other individuals when evidence of criminal activity has been fully documented,” stated Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson. This is an ongoing investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted for the government by Assistant United States Attorney Debra Kanof. An indictment a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 09/08/2008 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
El Paso Independent School District Ttustee Indicted El Paso, TX, August 29, 2008
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-08-29.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.